Greece recorded 1,820 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, which marks 23 more instances of the virus than the 1,797 cases that had been recorded on Tuesday.
Just eight of Wednesday’s total cases was identified during routine Covid-19 testing of tourists at the country’s borders.
Currently, there are 159 patients with the coronavirus on ventilators in Greece, which is nine fewer than the number of patients undergoing the invasive treatment in the country yesterday, Tuesday.
Tragically, nine people suffering from the coronavirus passed away in the country over the past 24-hour period.
Greece clamps down on outdoor venues
Greece announced measures on Tuesday to clamp down on outdoor venues to control infections by younger people as the novel coronavirus cases are on the rise.
Food places, bars, clubs and entertainment venues will only allow seated customers as of Thursday, the government said, in an effort to control spiking rates of coronavirus infections driven by crowding by younger people.
Deputy Minister for Civil Protection & Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias said in a short emergency briefing that the average age of new coronavirus infections in the last 10 days is down to 27.
Citing National Public Health Organization (EODY) statistics, he said that the rate of clusters of infection had risen as well, while 32 percent of people with recorded infections mentioned an outdoor assembly as possible source of exposure to the coronavirus.
In addition, hundreds of infections recorded in the last few days appear to be traced to entertainment venues.
1,061 cases of coronavirus diagnosed in Attica alone; 62 in Thessaloniki
Of the 1,820 new coronavirus cases recorded in Greece in the past 24 hours, 1,061 were located in Attica, home to the Greek capital city of Athens.
In the city of Athens, a total of 262 cases of Covid-19 were identified Wednesday.
A total of 70 cases of the coronavirus have been diagnosed in Heraklion, and 69 in Rethymno, both located in Crete, where the Delta variant has begun to spread.
Over 400,000 total coronavirus cases diagnosed in Greece
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 430,960 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the country, including all those who have recovered from the virus.
Of the cases diagnosed in Greece in the past seven days, just 147 are associated with foreign travel and 1,636 have been linked to contact with a known case.
Of the 159 patients intubated currently, 88.1% are over the age of 70 or suffer from preexisting conditions. Their average age is 70.
Additionally, a total of 2,713 patients have been discharged from ICUs around the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The nine new deaths recorded on Wednesday bring the total number of fatalities in the country to 12,763; 95.2% of those who have passed away with the virus were over the age of 70 or suffered from underlying health issues.